Published: Aug 06, 2014 9:51 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 06, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

MATLACHA, Fla. - If you're familiar with fishing in Southwest Florida you're most likely familiar with a fish named the snook but have you ever caught one.

Native to warm southern tropical waters, the snook fish can be illusive and not an easy one to reel in with their strong fighting spirit. In-fact some, like snook angler Craig Timbes, have even nicknamed it the "pitbull of salt water."

Snook feed on small fish, shrimp, crabs and mollusks. However they only feed during certain times that relates to the moon cycle, usually in the early morning or early evening hours.

Timbes, says your best chance to reel in a snook is to start fishing an hour and half after moon rise  for 4-6 hours, or an hour and a half after moon set for 4-6 hours. However that changes daily following the moon cycle.

You can reel in a snook anytime of the year in Florida. However you can only keep them during certain times. Harvest season opens September 1st and runs to December 14th, then re-opens February 1st and runs to May 31st.

For more information on fishing snook in Florida, along with a full list of regulations, click here.

You can contact snook angler, Craig Timbes and arrange for a fishing charter by contacting him at  or 239-333-7502

Captian David Menist, 239-645-2890 and Captian Jason Miller, 239-834-9446, can also take you fishing for snook, tarpon, shark and more.

Timbes, is also a writer for The Nautical Mile Magazine and The Florida Marine Times.